Timed Trap

Timed Trap, Preston: Address, Phone Number, Timed Trap Reviews: 4.5/5

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Timed Trap is a real life, breathtaking, race against the time to find your way to freedom. In this rush hour, you will be trapped in a room with 60 minutes on the clock in which you must solve puzzles and use your initiative to crack codes with your team players. We offer three unique themed rooms, designed for groups of 2-6 players. Have you got what it takes to escape the trap?!?
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Michelle S
Oldham, UK6 contributions
Family
My mum, myself and my two children attempted to find the treasure! We were all a bit nervous not knowing what to expect, but came out having thoroughly enjoyed the experience and wanting to do another! Beth was exceptionally helpful, it’s all very cleverly put together and definitely worth a trip! It’s quite hidden away and I don’t think you’d be disappointed if you paid a visit!
Written April 11, 2018
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Zachary G
9 contributions
Friends
Loved this! Booked it and then read the reviews on here and was a bit worried. I don't know if the guys below have an agenda but all I can say is when we went the staff were great the rooms were so much fun we are going back to a different room next month! I'd say give them a try yourself!
Written October 24, 2017
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Lorna C
Preston, England, United Kingdom44 contributions
Friends
We visited timed trap yesterday as a girlie day out ! We booked the serial killer room ! Easiest room but we got stuck at the very last bit and had run out of time and clues ! Will definitely be re visiting to challenge ourselves with the other two rooms ! Staff nice and friendly and happy to help ! Many thanks
Written May 21, 2017
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John Doe
Intercourse, PA1 contribution
Friends
We went to the cereal killer room a few months back, but we never got round to writing this review for we have been lazy. Our laziness is why we failed the escape room so badly. For starters, we had soup and crutons. haha just kidding, for starters the sign for the activity area was pointing in the complete opposite direction however we struggle to follow directions and ended up going to the correct place first. Sometimes your so stupid your clever. we had to walk through this intimidating place where this chappie had a mighty green bong. It was incredibly large and was the guy was sat on a couch. if you havent uderstood how large this bong was, it reached his face which is quite impressive. he must have good lung power. (the couch was actually quite nice though. not a slouchy couch. great interior design.) we then went up the wrong set of stairs because we didnt want to talk to anyone. this stairway led to this place with some pool tables and not an escape room. meaning we had to ask. Our plan of avoidence did not work and all it did was result in an even more awkward encounter. When we finally got to the place, we had to wait while they set up the rooms. Even though we booked in advance. I wont lie though, watching the people set up th room through the security camera was enjoyable. Overall the escape room was okay. We had to call for assistence multiple times and it turns out the props we were messing about with were actually part of the next clues. Also she says the end key is obvious. I repeat it is not. For the final time we calld for help, the nice lady said that we had gone over our time but she obviosuly felt sorry for us and locked us in agin. We thought we had the final code to get out however when we slid it under the door she opened it and said that we were wrong. again. Its not our fault were dumb. she then proceeded to give us the correct answer. (baring in mind we did not ask for it) The only time we get a helpful clue is when we dont ask for one.
The overall experience was fun i guess but i will not be returing as the guy with the bong scared me lots.
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Written January 29, 2019
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GeorgiaRogie
Lancaster, UK39 contributions
Friends
I would avoid this place at all costs- words can not explain how poor it was.
It didn’t start off particularly well- you have to walk through a ‘working men’s club’ which had an old sofa outside the door before getting to the escape room venue.
We were offered the use of the bathroom before going into the escape room- BIG MISTAKE! It’s obviously used for smoking and therefore absolutely reeked, the toilet bowl itself can not be spoken about (!) and for some reason there was a jug of water next to the toilet too?!
When we entered the escape room, there was no preamble about the story of the room as the girl seemed very inexperienced. The room was unlike any other I’ve been in (my friends and I have been in +10). The carpet was worn, there was very little furniture and absolutely no attempt to create atmosphere.
Inside the room, none of the clues led on to one another (we were in Treasure Theft), we completed tasks without realising, others led to a dead end- unlike nothing we’ve seen before. At 45 mins, we asked for a clue as a door that should have opened, didn’t. The girl came in asked what we had done so far and then proceeded to kick the door open and gestured we should go through.
We were told we should have found 5 letters, however one of the letters hadn’t been put in the room but after asking what this would mean when we collect all of them, her reply ‘Oh nothing. Just come out when you’re done’.
We asked for a discount and had £5 knocked off. Would never even consider returning and would encourage others to not visit- it’s not worth the money at all.
Written November 19, 2018
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Pioneer12298482385
1 contribution
Family
We should have realised as soon as we arrived that this was a poorly made escape room, the entrance sign was facing the complete opposite direction...
We had to walk through a snooker hall which was filled with young men smoking and watching football, which was not only intimidating but confusing due to a lack of signage. Upon arrival in the escape room area, there was nobody there to greet us and we had to wait 10 mins until an incredibly unenthusiastic staff member finally arrived. She took us into our escape room with no briefing other than a hurried 'you need to find the antidote and break out'. We were then left with no introduction video so we're slightly confused as to where to begin, it then transpired that two clues were given in this intro video! The props were not only shoddy but did not work properly, with a torch barely working. The clues required no brain power or working out, it was simply a case of 'finding' things.
The final nail in the coffin was when we the code to escape wouldn't work, after pressing the clue button the member of staff told us 'oh the lock doesn't work'...

Overall utterly shambolic and poorly thought out. Would not recommend. 0 out of 10.
Written November 3, 2018
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Karen B
5 contributions
Family
Awful just doesn't cover it. Sorry guys, but you really need to work on these rooms. A lot of the puzzles made no sense. There was no flow to the games at all. Too any red herrings, means you waste too much time on irrelevant items.

The clue system is appalling. Either limit the number of clues or give a time penalty, but certainly not both. I hated the game organiser entering the room to give the clue then standing and watching us, it felt intimidating, condescending and ruined the whole experience.

We did multiple rooms, and with 20 minutes to go in the last room, we sat on the floor letting the clock tick down, as we were so bored and just wanted to leave.

If you want to experience an escape room for the first time avoid these, there are so many more out there.
Written August 22, 2018
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Shaun H
Glossop, UK34 contributions
Friends
I'm a virgin to escape/timed rooms so I don't know what the general criteria/standard is. What I do know is that this one (Serial Killer) was great fun, felt authentic and was a healthy mixture of (to us - it's only easy if you work it out quickly...) easy, challenging and downright tangental! Ultimately, it all made sense, and the hour flew by.

If you're an escape room pro looking for the ultimate challenge, I've no idea if this will be your Nirvana. If you're someone who enjoys puzzles and is looking for a diverting hour - sign up.

And the people are lovely.
Written February 26, 2017
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Hi Shaun H, Firstly we want to thank you for your feedback of your experience at our live escape rooms, we really appreciate you sharing your experience with other Trip Advisor users. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Timed Trap. We hope we get to see you again trying one of our other rooms that we have to offer. We cater for all from family's, friends, work team building do's, stag do's, hen do's, sports teams do's and unlike other family entertainments we can cater for a variety of age groups. I am happy to hear you made the right choice on choosing us. We have spent thousands to make us different and making guests feel more welcoming and homely as being a escape enthusiast I can relate to where you are coming from. I have been to a quite a few and most are in warehouses, old mills or basements. We are sole traders and not a franchise which helps us and our guests massively as we are unique and don't have to follow other escape room franchises so reading your comments makes us very happy. We try our best to make every guest welcome and make them feel most comfortable as possible it always makes us happy and it's good to hear our staff are doing what we have trained them to do, we are happy to assist all our guests. Customer satisfaction is our priority, keeping staff happy makes our guests happy. Thank you for your positive comments and your high recommendation to other Trip Advisor users and we look forward to meeting you again at a future booking. Regards Khal Manager Timed Trap
Written May 12, 2017
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Helen G
Preston, UK1 contribution
Friends
Firstly the booking- we couldn't book online via the Groupon site so i tried contacting Timed trap many times by ringing, emailing and even tried sending them a Facebook message (all this over 24hours). Then finally they contacted me back (an hour before we wanted to go) and the lady was able to book us in at very short notice (which was a positive from the booking side of things).

When we turned up and saw the arrow directing us to the entrance, there was a group of men sat around the door smoking which was closed so we tried another entrance (which I remember reading somewhere we had to walk through a snooker club) which wasn't the best.

Then when we walked up some stairs to get to the place, the two members of staff weren't very welcoming.. not great on the customer service front!

We then got taken to our room which we were doing the great escape room. The lady didn't give us a background story and when explaining what to do she didn't seem 100% sure what she was talking about. I saw a TV in the room and asked if our time will be in there she said no cos there's no signal.

We did the game which was fun but there wasn't much to do, hardly no things to unlock or solve. Very disappointing.

We've done many escape rooms from other companies but will definitely not be doing another at Timed trap.

The only positives were the deco in the waiting area/escape room was really good, tidy looking and looked great overall. We also made the leader board which was fab!

If you haven't done any other escape rooms then this would be a good starting point but if you've been to many others like me and my group then stay away don't waste your money!
Written January 5, 2019
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Lesley M
Chorley, UK7 contributions
Business
I went with colleagues and once we decided teams, we split into two rooms. Our team did the Prison themed room, and although I spent most of the time locked in a cell, I really enjoyed it. The puzzles didn't all make sense, and some of the stuff to find was not based on the clues at all, but that was part of the fun. I don't have a great deal of experience of escape rooms, so maybe my expectations were not high, but I had a really enjoyable time.
Written September 15, 2018
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